The POWER to NEVER be ASHAMED with Jesus.

Daily Spirit & Word, 544: The POWER to Never Be Ashamed With Jesus.

Loyalty: It’s Rewards and Losses.

Good morning my friends, I’m often surprised afresh with something the Bible reveals and today I’ve had another revelation from God’s Word. It’s about LOYALTY to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 9:24 24  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Luke 9:26 26  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

THE MAFIA: (The Family – Cosa-Nostra).

I was watching a documentary about the Mafia the other day. Trevor McDonald (ITV Correspondent and Interviewer). He traveled to America to meet some of the most notorious leaders, past and present of the Family The Mafia. It was very well done, because you got a sense of the fear and foreboding that must have permeated the society in New York and Chicago amongst Family members and those with whom they did business. Trevor focused upon some key individuals who’d betrayed the Mafia bosses many years ago, to save their own skin, but who were living in constant fear, with the knowledge that they could be killed any moment, because once you are Cosa-Nostra your in the Family for life.

To be a member of Cosa-Nostra; you have to swear an oath of obedience and fealty to the God Father, which is indicated by kneeling and kissing his hand. You’ll do what Godfather wants, when he wants it done, without any questions. As soon as you begin to question, the Family takes note and your loyalty is called into question. Any overt disloyalty within the Cosa-Nostra is met with swift justice: death.

Loyalty to Jesus will be rewarded, and disloyalty has its punishment.

Just before this section in Luke’s Gospel Jesus revealed to His Disciples that He would suffer and die upon the Cross. Perhaps, Jesus was not just showing them that He would soon die, but that when it happened, He was hoping His closest followers would prove to be faithful. We know how the story unfolds and how disloyal to Jesus they all were, how they abandoned Him and ran away when Jesus was arrested, how Peter even denied that He ever knew Jesus.

  • They were frightened for their own lives.
  • Peter was ashamed of being an associate of Jesus.

However, all of that took place before the Disciples were born of God’s Holy Spirit; After Pentecost it was very different, we see the Disciples transformed from timid, frightened, fearful individuals into the mightiest men of God, who were prepared to die for Jesus: And most of them did die, in some horrendous circumstances.

Jesus wants all of us to know that If we are true to him in the time we have on earth, then he will be true to us for all eternity. If our desire is to follow the teachings and words of Jesus in this world, no matter what the world says about us because of it, then in the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus will be proud to display us as one of his people and reward us. There are REWARDS IN HEAVEN.

However, if by our lives, the way we live here on earth, we disown Him, even if with our mouth we confess Him as Lord and sing praises every week, the day will come when Jesus can’t do anything other than disown us.

You see my friends, LOYALTY has it’s REWARDS and LOSSES. In God’s Kingdom when we are faithful, we’re going to be rewarded, when we are unfaithful, we’re going to be punished. It’s a simple as that. God our Heavenly Father keeps a record of every act, every thought and every attitude from the moment we’re born into His Family.

This is revealed in so many places in the Bible: The Cloud Of Witnesses:

Hebrews 12:1. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

The Witnesses: They are the ones who’re watching our lives from Heaven. When we appear before the Lord to receive our rewards in the Kingdom the Witnesses will come out. God Knows already, because He’s in us from the moment we confess Christ as Lord, but like any civil court here on earth, justice must be seen to be done and the witnesses will be called.

We often complain that “Big Brother” is watching us: Here in London you can’t go more than a few feet without being monitered by security cameras. Every street in London is littered with cameras. Also our Mobile phones can track all our movements down to a few inches. People complain that records are being kept, but my friends, Records have been kept IN HEAVEN on our every thought since the day we were born.

When you get to Heaven, will you be rewarded by Jesus? Will He be happy to see you? Will He run up to you and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, come and receive the rewards awaiting you, because you’ve been faithful since the moment you were born of the Holy Spirit” or will it be something else?

EXCUSES: “I’m Only Human”:

It grieves me to my heart the moments I’ve deliberately chosen to be unfaithful to Jesus since I’ve known Him as my Saviour. I’ve excused myself in the past, by saying to myself, “I’m only human” or “It’s just my weakness, God will understand”. However, Jesus has made certain that we are without excuse, because He’s provided everything we need to remain faithful to Him every single day.

Just as the Mafia God Father provides back-up and security for his faithful Cosa-Nostra (Remember the Mafia is an Evil Force upon the earth), Similarly, Our Heavenly Father and Our Lord Jesus have provided everything we need for our back-up, security and success in the Kingdom Christian life. He’s given to each individual the POWER, the PRESENCE and the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit. He’s given us; Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Prophets and Apostles to guide, teach and strengthen us. He’s given us brothers and sisters to encourage us and to make life on earth a joy. We really have NO excuses for failure and we’re going to be suffering loss in the Kingdom for all our unfaithfulness. We are SAVED from Hell but not from lack of rewards. My friends, Jesus died for your every sin upon the Cross, so let’s serve Him every day as if He was coming back that day.

Luke 9:24 24  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Luke 9:26 26  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Serve Jesus Because You LOVE Him.

Surely such a prospect should propel us towards faithfulness. However, we don’t serve Jesus because we fear not being rewarded or even because we fear being punished for failures, we serve the risen Saviour because we LOVE Him. When we’re unfaithful, we just need to check out our LOVE for the Lord. If we love Him, we will obey Him. It’s as easy or hard as that. Get more loving for Jesus; be kind, compassionate, gentle, forgiving, humble, generous, faithful. When you NEED something in any of these areas of life; Just ASK and Jesus will be there to help you, immediately.

With Jesus we have the POWER to NEVER be ASHAMED: So let’s live every with with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus. Amen!

I’m looking forward to being welcomed into Heaven by Jesus; I’m longing to hear the words from His lips; “Well done, good and faithful Donald”… So I’m praying that with His help, I’m going to be FAITHFUL TO THE END.

RESPOND: Call upon Him now and ASK for the resources He’s longing to give you in order to help you be His faithful servant to the end.

Don.

Further Teaching on NOT ASHAMED:

God Rewards Faithfulness

Possibly the greatest Sermon EVER Preached:

Dr S. M. Lockridge “That’s My King”

When I listen to this sermon, I can’t help by have tears flowing down my face. Jesus is MY King too.